According to Benjamin Schwarz’s book review essay in the May 2009 issue of The Atlantic,Hitler’s Co-Conspirators, New histories reveal that the Nazi Regime deliberately insinuated knowledge of the Final Solution, devilishly making Germans complicit in the crime and binding them, with guilt and dread, to their leaders. The essay reports that knowledge of theHolocaust was widespread, that only a very small minority of Germans endorsed the policy of extermination (most favored a policy of segregation or apartheid), most Germans felt powerless to oppose it and believed that the Allied bombing of German cities was retribution for the mass murder of Jews (in fact the British and American bombing campaign was an attempt to terrorize and demoralize the population into seeking an unconditional surrender). Knowledge of the Holocaust was a poorly kept secret, and the regime wanted people to fear Allied retribution if Germany lost the war. To my mind these findings raise further questions. Did Germans stoicly accept that the bombings were just retribution for the mass murder of the Jews out of a sense of guilt, or were they merely speculating as to cause and effect? And what punishment did they imagine the Allies would inflict on them after the war? Did they imagine the Allies would reopen the death camps and send German civilians there to be gassed and cremated? What do you infer? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Closer to the present time and place JTA reports that a copy of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was found in the hotel room rented by the man accused of killing Jewish Wesleyan University student Johanna Justin-Jinich the night before her murder on May 6 at the bookstore where she worked.
I don’t want to alarm anyone, but last week I received a viscious anti-semitic email from a man in Huntsville, AL in response to my Birthright Monologues review. I forwarded that email to the Birmingham, AL and New York, NY offices of the FBI. It apears that the sender of the email trolls Jewish Yahoo groups and replies to posts with his ugly tirade (I posted a link to my review on one such Yahoo group).
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